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Versailles vs Paris

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Homelessness in DC

There always have been poor here, living in sharp contrast to the well-to-do political world of the city. But the homeless, during DC's recent history, appeared with Reagan's inauguration in 1981. They are testament to the first wave of conservative cuts in social welfare programmes, which, among other things, resulted in Reagan's famed "welfare queens'', along with the supposed malingerers who turned out to be mentally ill, being forced onto the street.

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Post bin Laden Pakistan

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Pakistan’s predicament

A diplomat from a NATO country that has troops in Afghanistan said Zardari “might have realised that, in the final analysis, he might not find the international community rallying behind him to help him with his goal of establishing civilian supremacy in Pakistan”.

Other Western diplomats agree with this assessment. “Although the US is prepared to go to war with Pakistan in an extreme case, Washington and its NATO allies would do all they could to avoid such a situation,” a diplomat from an EU country said. “It seems the Pentagon is willing to move on with the Pakistan army if it completely abandons the Jihad project launched by General Ziaul Haq.”

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The continuing implosion of the Democratic Party

What happened to the Democratic Party?

The older I get, the more I see the need for a choice other than Republican or Republican-lite. Perhaps it is because I don’t come from wealth and will never be wealthy in a society which values it. Perhaps it is because I’m dealing with my 90-year-old mother being placed in a nursing home 110 miles from me, because we lack the wealth to cover the expense. Perhaps it is because I’m a triple minority in a society which values none of those, which makes nearly every day a challenge.

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The view from Pakistan continued

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James Stewart at Firedoglake

I have not had a chance to read through all the comments. Did anyone hold Stewart accountable for his role in the Whitewater witch hunt? Shame on Hamsher for inviting him to Book Salon. Read more about James Stewart at Firedoglake

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It is good to be a parasite

Health insurers see record profits amid hard times

With gas and food prices going up, doctor says many patients 'are deciding to put some of their health care off'

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Why does the House of Representatives have a Chaplain?

Fight over new Catholic chaplain

The Rev. Patrick Conroy worked for a Jesuit group ordered to pay $166 million over child sexual abuse claims, though he was not personally accused of misconduct.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is reconsidering her support for a Catholic priest nominated as House chaplain after learning that he works for a Jesuit group ordered to pay $166 million for more than 400 claims of child sexual abuse. ...

... Plaintiff’s attorneys involved in the massive lawsuit said Conroy has not been accused of abusing any children or even covering up for other priests. In fact, Conroy blew the whistle on at least one case of abuse at a prior job.

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Claire McCaskill (D-Kleptocracy)

Now what, Claire?: spending caps - the republican plan with lipstick

"...The McCaskill/Corker spending cap would also make it impossible for government to boost the economy in recessions, which would lead to even higher unemployment, lasting longer..." Yeah, we got that one covered, don't we Claire? Just ask Paul Krugman.

You'd think that it would eventually sink in that Lucy always pulls the football away. Always.

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Obama and netroots

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Two posts from Peter Daou:

How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency

Liberal bloggers are bringing down Obama, part II: It’s NOT the economy, stupid, it’s Obama’s character

It is easy in our anger over the blogs wars of 2008 and the Public Option Sparkle Pony follies to lose sight of the fact that many formerly supportive of Obama have become increasingly critical.

My sense is that these bloggers are not ready to abandon Obama or the Democrats, but many of their readers are. Read more about Obama and netroots

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When the parasite kills the host

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Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke at work


CEO: Wal-Mart Shoppers 'Running Out Of Money'

On the same day that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the economy continues to make a moderate recovery, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke delivered a different assessment.

Wal-Mart customers, he said, are running out of money at a faster pace. He sees it in end-of-the-month sales figures, when sales drop off more sharply than in the past.

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The view from Pakistan 3

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Najam Sethi’s editorial in The Friday Times: Operation Get OBL Read more about The view from Pakistan 3

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The view from Pakistan

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This is from LAST Friday's editorial in Pakistan's Friday Times:

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Goldman Sachs behind skyrocketing food prices

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For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle, as bankers remained more interested in risk and collateralized debt than in anything that could be literally sowed or reaped. Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. All of a sudden, bankers could take as large a position in grains as they liked, an opportunity that had, since the Great Depression, only been available to those who actually had something to do with the production of our food. ...

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